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Participants of the ski crossing in honor of the 80th anniversary of the Vyazemsky airborne operation of 1942 laid flowers at the Eternal Flame and the Memorial of Glory in the City of Military Glory Mozhaisk, Moscow Region.

This is the third city visited by the participants of the ski crossing.

Together with representatives of the city administration, veteran paratroopers, volunteers and members of the Youth Army, the military personnel of the Airborne Forces laid flowers and garlands at the Eternal Flame.

In total, the personnel will cover more than 850 km on skis, visit 16 cities. Each of them will host actions dedicated to the memory of the heroes of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945.

The ski crossing started on January 27 in Ramenskoye near Moscow near the Eternal Flame memorial. It is attended by 80 paratroopers of the Tula Guards Airborne Forces and the Ryazan Guards Higher Airborne Command School named after General of the Army V.F. Margelov.

The paratroopers will cross the Moscow, Kaluga, Smolensk and Tver regions on skis, where fierce battles took place 80 years ago.

The military-patriotic action will end with a finish in the Patriot Park of Culture and Recreation of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation on February 11, 2022.


During January-February 1942, 7373 people from the 9th and 214th airborne brigades were parachuted into the rear of the German troops in the area west of the city of Yukhnov. The aviation group created for the operation included 352 transport aircraft. In total, during the Vyazemsky airborne operation, more than 10 thousand paratroopers were dropped.

For more than five months, the paratroopers traveled over 600 km behind enemy lines, liberated about 200 settlements, destroyed up to 15 thousand enemy soldiers and officers, and disabled a lot of military equipment.

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